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Just be Yourself! Living a Life of Freedom.

“Now you are the body of Christ and each one of your is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27

Happy Sunday!  Beautiful day out here in GA!  We are getting ready for LL’s first day of 3-year old preschool tomorrow and really getting ready to be back on a schedule!  (Yes that does make a Type A person very excited!)  And I’m learning that kids are creatures of habit.  While flexibility is good, knowing what each day holds is also a nice thing.  We attended the early service at New Church of Peachtree City this AM as Pastor David continued his mini-sermon series titled “Living a Life of Freedom”.  Last week I missed most of the sermon on building a foundation for freedom (you can see why here).  Steven kindly took some notes for me.  The building blocks for freedom’s foundation that David presented are:

  1. Our Status (where we center our life)
  2. Our Security (physical v. through Jesus)
  3. Christ’s Strength (not our own)

So this week, David continued by discussing personal aspects, specifically who we are?  He mentioned that we tend to reflect the model of persons we admire, but that may not be what God created us to be.  Again, this hits home as I am trying to figure out who God created me to be.  I do feel that in my maturing age I am becoming so much more comfortable in my own skin, but like everyone, have a long way to go.  But so much of that is not only being comfortable in the body God gave me, but in the skills (or lack thereof), passions, roles, and places He also gave me or put me in.  God created us as we are to be who we are.  David gave 1 Corinthians 1:5 as a verse.  And in my new-found quest for deeper biblical understanding, I looked a few translations and found this one I love from “The Message”:

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (The Message)

In Presbyterian fashion, David gave us 3 bullet points on how to live a life a freedom:

  1. Know Yourself
    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
    1 Corinthians 12:12
  2. Be Yourself
    But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
    1 Corinthians 12:18
  3. Enjoy Yourself
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:7

The full verse (as linked to above) relates God’s people/believers to a body.  Each person has a function, eyes, ears, hands, feet, heart…none is any less important that any other and they all need to work together to function.  A pretty cool image, can’t you just visualize it?  It got me thinking as to what part I am and how I can do the best I can do.  And then how I want everyone else to do they best they can, so we all can be a huge functioning body to worship, praise, spread the good word, and live the lives God intended us to.  Just think how amazing we all could be together! What part of God’s body are you?

The song that came to mind for this week is “If we are the body” by Casting Crowns.  Take a listen and look below.  Thanks for reading.  May your week ahead be blessed!  Amen!

If We are the Body
Casting Crowns

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Is that You, God? I’m waiting!

I’m a day late, I know.  Sunday night church is tough.  We go because it’s the contemporary service, which we love (esp. Jay & Abby‘s music).  But with the little ones used to a schedule, trying to get dinner and bedtime afterwards it just a chaotic rush and doesn’t put me in the right mindset to face the week.  I like to cook and have quiet Sunday’s at home to prepare for the week ahead.  So it’s been a struggle – the church service we like vs. our sanity!  All that to say, I’m usually not in the mood on Sunday nights to blog and provide inspiration for the week ahead (which I try to do for you all AND myself.)  So I’ll either make up my own (like last week) or just wait until Monday (or I guess we could go to the early service!)

David’s sermon last night (at New Church) touched a sensitive subject for me (and left me a bit frustrated).  He talked about calling.  Specifically in Exodus 3-4 when God is talking to Moses.  God couldn’t be more clear on what He wants Moses to do, but Moses keeps pushing back.  Sound familiar?  Is does to me, minus the clear part.  I am on a mission (the purpose of this blog) to find my calling, to listen for God’s messages to me on what I am supposed to do.  Have I heard it already and pushed it aside?  I sure hope not.  Will I be ready for it when I do get it?  I sure hope so!  But David pointed out when Moses heard his calling from God, he had some questions/objections:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Who are you?
  3. What if they don’t believe me?
  4. Isn’t there someone else more qualified?
  5. Can’t you send someone else?

As I am waiting for my calling – I’m not sure these are the questions I would ask.  Maybe more like; is it really You?  Are You sure?  How can I be sure?  Where do I start?  and Can You help me?  Not too different, definite reservations as to if it’s really God calling, and the need for His guidance. (Maybe God could give me a few tricks too?  Maybe not the staff-snake one though!)

Maybe I’m a little jealous of Moses that God spoke to him so clearly?  Not that I want that calling (unless God wants that for me!).  I’m just getting impatient waiting to find out what mine is.  I feel bad feeling bad.  I know I’m called to be at home with my kids at this point in my life (no regrets leaving the corporate world).  But I can’t help but wonder what is next when I see them growing up (way too) fast.  It may not be huge, like Moses, but it will be mine, and I can only pray for and open heart and clarity and peace when I do hear!  But I also pray that I don’t write it off as a coincidence when I do hear it, or talk myself out of it, or pretend not to hear it (all examples David gave.)

Off from the message, but rather on to what I took from the message, is the song I chose for this week.  I had a few in mind, but as I typed this out, the verse “I’m waiting on you Lord, and I am hopeful” came to mind from John Waller’sWhile I’m Waiting“.  It’s the attitude I try to have (need to have).  Although it’s not comfortable, I will be obedient, I will serve You, worship You, and wait on You.  Knowing that You have a great plan for my life! (Jer 29:11)  (Sidenote: I’m incredibly blessed and can keep on going on as is, I just know I was (we all are) made for a bigger purpose and I’m anxious to find out what it is!)

With that I will leave you with my guiding verse and a YouTube video of the aforementioned song.  May you have an open heart to God’s calling for you in your life.  Have a great week and stay tuned!

John Waller
While I’m Waiting

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it’s not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I will move ahead bold and confident
I’ll be taking every step in obedience, yeah

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint

And I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You Lord

I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting

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It may be hot outside, but it’s still winter for some.

Psalm 23:1-6

Happy Sunday (ok it’s Monday now – hope your week is starting off well).  A bit of a bittersweet message and song for you all today.  I just returned home from a great week of sun, friends, and good times (post on that to come soon).  Not quite settled in, still piles of laundry and many bags to unpack, we headed to the 3rd evening contemporary service of the New Church of Peachtree City held at Heritage Christian Church.

Pastor David is preaching a series titled Seasons of the Soul.  We started with Summer, missed Fall, and tonight’s message was Winter, which could not have been timed more appropriately.  The service started with Psalm 23 (see above).  This verse has been read at many funerals, including my father’s, which appropriately timed, was 12 years ago this week.  And today is the anniversary of my father’s passing (that is him below shortly before his death around 48 years old).  12 years ago was a “winter” period of my life.  The season of winter in one’s life can be full of uncertainty, unmet expectations, feeling of hopelessness (nothing more we can do), and just lack of control.  It basically is the lowest of lows and sucks, to be frank.  Psalm 88 tells us winter is a part of life and offers a prayer for help.  God often seems silent and we are desperate for answers.  (Remember Job?)

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Like all things though, God sends us through the winters of our lives to teach us some lessons and really appreciate the summers.  David presented 3 lessons (taken from John Ortberg) we learn during winter:

  1. We learn that we are not running the show. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
  2. We learn we need community the most when we desire it the least. (Romans 12:12)
  3. We learn to cling tenaciously to hope. (“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.” Maya Angelou)

My prayer today is for all of those in the winter season of your life.  Cling to your faith, pray ferociously, lean on those around you, and KNOW God is there and you will come through even stronger.  I find comfort today knowing that my Dad is in heaven looking down on us, watching his grandkids grow, and not suffering any longer.  And I know we will be reunited one day and can rest in that knowledge.

And a special prayer to friends of ours that lost a loved one yesterday too.  I pray for comfort, peace, understanding, and patience as they wait for answers.  Love you guys and we are praying hard for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs that always bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps as the words to just so raw and true.  The tears, the storms, the sleepless nights, and trials are truly YOUR mercies in disguise, and for that we exalt YOU always and declare YOUR GLORY!

Blessings
Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

AMEN!

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There is a season, a time for everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Happy Monday!  Yes – I’m a day late for my usual Sunday post, but for good reason.  The New Church of Peachtree City has a new service!  A contemporary worship service on Sunday evenings at Heritage Christian Church.  Jay & Abby and the band were back together and with Pastor David preaching, it was a great service last night full of uplifting music and a wonderful message.

Pastor David started a Summer Sermon Series on Seasons (say that fast!).  These contemporary services will be meeting every other Sunday night in June & July – 4  services – perfect to discuss the 4 seasons!  Last night’s season was Summer – a season of celebration.  A fitting topic for this past week.  I celebrated a birthday!  And 4 of my friends have welcomed babies (congrats to you all!)  Others I know have celebrated graduations, new jobs, new houses, and many other things.  The days are longer, school is out, allowing for lots of time and reasons (excuses!) to celebrate.

The scripture reference was from Ecclesiastes (see above).  The song pretty much picked itself, the oldie but goody – Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Byrds, adapted from where else than – the Bible!  A popular song with really such a simple, yet profound message.  There is a season for everything!  No matter where you are in life, as the saying goes “this too shall pass” (at least for those in maybe a more Winter season).  But that is the beauty of living in God.  You will have your ups and your downs, but each has a purpose and will eventually bring a new season.

I personally enjoy Summer (maybe not the heat – but the celebrations discussed in the message) and wish it could remain Summer always , but know that it may have come after a long Winter, and I wouldn’t fully appreciate it without those times.  I know many are in those “darker” times, but can be encouraged that it is just a season and a new one will be upon you soon.  David had 3 points as we approach the different seasons in our lives:

  1. Trust the Rhythm (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
  2. Reflect on what God has done (Ecclesiates 3:9-11)
  3. Respond with Gratitude (God wants us to be happy – see Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

Overall a great and timely message.  Blessings for a GREAT week ahead to take time to reflect what season you are in (stay tuned for the next 3!)

The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes
Music-Pete Seeger

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

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